Barking dogs get resident fined

Published: 21 February 2018

A resident, whose pair of barking dogs drives their neighbours to distraction, has found himself in court following a prosecution by Slough Borough Council.

Mr Mohammed Hussain of 63, Salisbury Avenue was fined a total of £750 for nine offences of breaching a noise abatement notice issued because of his barking dogs.

Mr Hussain’s large dogs live outside at all times and, despite advice from the council, he has continued to allow them to bark.

Some of the offences date back to April 2017 when Mr Hussain was given a conditional discharge by the courts for three breaches of the noise abatement notice.

Because the six newer offences took place whilst the conditional discharge was in force, Mr Hussain was fined for the first three as well.

He was also ordered to pay the council £600 in costs and a victim surcharge of £60.

Councillor Pavitar K Mann, cabinet member for regulation and consumer protection, said: “It is unacceptable that Mr Hussain continued to show such disregard for the wellbeing of his neighbours.

“This is despite the noise abatement notice, endless advice on caring for his dogs in a way which could prevent the intrusive barking and being previously prosecuted for the exact same thing.

“I hope this fine brings it home to Mr Hussain how unacceptable his behaviour is and means his neighbours can get a good night’s sleep!

“We will not tolerate residents’ lives being made a misery by this type of anti-social noise and we would encourage people to report matters to us so we can take action.”

Mr Hussain appeared at Reading Magistrates Court on 9 February and pleaded guilty to all offences and admitted breaching his previous conditional discharge.